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Latest News from the ISSM - September 21, 2012 Member Login
Traction Therapy for Peyronie's Disease

New research published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine shows that traction therapy after surgery for Peyronie's disease may increase actual and perceived penile length.

Surgery is a common treatment for Peyronie's disease, but some men have a loss in penile length as a result.

American researchers from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago worked with four groups of men.  Two groups had tunica albuginea plication (TAP) surgery and two groups had partial plaque excision and grafting (PEG). Within each type of surgery, one group of men had traction therapy, which involved wearing a traction device on the penis for 2-6 hours daily for about three months. The other group of men had no traction therapy.

The researchers found that the men who had traction therapy, regardless of the type of surgery, saw a gain in penile length. 

To learn more about this study and see more detailed results, please click here.

Research Summary: Pain, Sexual Sequelae of Provoked Vestibulodynia

This month's research summary focuses on provoked vestibulodynia, or PVD.  Published last month in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, this article by Rosemary Basson, MD, FRCP explains the following:

  • the pathophysiology of PVD
  • the ways that pain is processed by the brain and the central nervous system
  • how stress affects pain processing, the skin, and the peripheral nerves
  • the circular model of PVD and how the cycle repeats itself
  • sexual dysfunction associated with PVD and how pain may be managed
  • the ways cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) may help women with PVD change their cognitions and emotions related to pain
  • how mindfulness practice may help women separate the physical sensation of pain from the cognitive and emotional experiences of it
  • how women with PVD may benefit from combining CBT and mindfulness practice, addressing both pain and sexual dysfunction

The more detailed summary is available here.

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